Using Sentinel-1 Ocean Data for Mapping Sea Surface Currents Along the Southern Norwegian Coast
Paper i proceeding, 2019
In this paper, the capability of Sentinel-1 data to map ocean surface currents in the Skagerrak Sea, with a focus on the Norwegian Coastal Current (NCC), is investigated. Post-processing methods for removing artefacts in the data and improving of the geophysical interpretation are suggested. Scalloping is one major artefact, which significantly degrades the quality of the velocity maps. Two methods, in spatial and spectral domain, for correcting this effect are proposed. It is also found that the radial velocity provided in the Sentinel-1 ocean data is biased, hence land is used as a reference to correct for the absolute and inter-beam bias. Finally, the retrieved (corrected) velocity is compared to a regional ocean circulation model (ROMS). It is shown that there is a good agreement between the ocean model and the retrieved velocity with values of ≈ 0.8 m/s in the core of the NCC.
Ocean surface currents
SAR radial velocity
SAR Doppler centroid